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07-11-2013, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Blunderbore View Post
i didn't allow myself to believe that it all is possible; but there's no reason among people that control the money in Russian hockey these days, and today it became obvious. they are going to throw cash in the fire to maintain it. i will be expecting another player to follow the steps every day from now on. forgive my reaction please, it's a sad thing for me. it's tough to lose your illusions.

I don't think this is a major concern. AIUI, the Devils had to cooperate to release Kovy to Russia. Something about them voiding instead of tolling his contract.

The difference is the Devils wanted out from any obligation to Kovy because of the dollars involved and the situation of their ownership. Not many other Russians will be in the same position. Most teams would keep the rights to players attempting such a defection, and then the IIHF would get involved.

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